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    Question How to install a strap or bracelet the right way on the first attempt?

    Seeking advice from the seasoned strap/bracelet changers.

    I've just finished one of the hardest tasks known to WIS kind - replacing a strap on a G-shock 5610. Thanks to the almighty Bergeon the fight took just ten minutes - for each spring bar. And when the fight was done, suffering only a minor injury (I kid you not - the other tip of the tool pierced my palm's skin), I slap it on my wrist - the strap is the wrong way on.

    Now, taking a risk you'll read between the lines just how stupid I am, I'll have to admit I did think it out before installing, determining the buckle should be on the bottom. Seemed right at the time although it is a Glide strap and I could easily just try it and see the writing is downside up. Yes, couldn't have made more dumb mistakes than I did.

    To make a long story short - this is not the first time. It happens to me on 80% of the bracelet installations and 40% of straps. But I'll give me this: I always install NATOs right. Every flippin' time. Like some NATO zen monk. But I'm getting carried away...

    So...

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    Is there a fool proof way to remember which side goes where when installing a strap or bracelet to your watch? A rime? A tell? Anything would be appreciated.

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    Re: How to install a strap or bracelet the right way on the first attempt?

    For two piece straps and natos:
    Buckle at 12.

    For one-piece bracelets:
    Pushbuttons and/or flap at 6.
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    Re: How to install a strap or bracelet the right way on the first attempt?

    Or look at another (assembled) watch?

    I've done this a time or two. Fortunately on easy watches, but I still felt silly.

    Just fully read X2's post - short attention span, dontcha know. Bracelets, I always look at another watch. I always try to put those on backwards.

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    Re: How to install a strap or bracelet the right way on the first attempt?

    Oh with a lot of G-Shocks (including the 5610) you should remove the rubber bezel and then put the strap on. The bezel seems to fight the attempt to put the strap on. I struggled with a GW6900 for a bit trying to get the strap on but failing. I finally took the bezel off and then installed the strap and it took me 2 seconds
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    Re: How to install a strap or bracelet the right way on the first attempt?

    I’ve done this several times with bracelets. As a result, I’ve learned to attach the 6 o’clock end link first. When you do this, the clasp should be “right side up”. E.g., attach the 6 o’clock end link and then hold up the watch and the half-attached bracelet. If clasp is upside down, try again.

    This always works, except when I forget to do it.
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    Re: How to install a strap or bracelet the right way on the first attempt?

    Haha I usually also look at my other watches.. Done the same a few times! Not many of course

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    Re: How to install a strap or bracelet the right way on the first attempt?

    Quote Originally Posted by Weetabix View Post
    Or look at another (assembled) watch?
    Quote Originally Posted by whoa View Post
    Haha I usually also look at my other watches
    I do look at other watches. Somehow I still get it wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by AardyArr View Post
    the clasp should be “right side up”. E.g., attach the 6 o’clock end link and then hold up the watch and the half-attached bracelet. If clasp is upside down, try again.

    This always works, except when I forget to do it.
    Good idea but I'll reverse: clasp cover (outer part) at 12. Thanks.


    Quote Originally Posted by X2-Elijah View Post
    For two piece straps and natos:
    Buckle at 12.
    Note taken, thanks

    Quote Originally Posted by journeyforce View Post
    Oh with a lot of G-Shocks (including the 5610) you should remove the rubber bezel and then put the strap on.
    I did it with the bezel off as I replaced it as well. Now I have to do it again:



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    Re: How to install a strap or bracelet the right way on the first attempt?

    Often lay out another watch alongside for reference.

    I'm forever on a comfort quest and will tweak a setup several times before being satisfied. The best thing I've learned is patience and letting go of frustration.

    Use good tools in lots of light. And don't be afraid to experiment.

    When attaching the OEM bracelet for the SNK803 it went on with the clasp reversed. Was so disappointed after fiddling with the folded end links I just wore it for the evening. Turned out to be perfectly comfortable and I never switched it back.

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    Re: How to install a strap or bracelet the right way on the first attempt?

    Think of a seat belt... "buckle up" when installing a strap (ie, at 12).
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